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There are still some Czechoslovak RAF airmen who are remain unknown by photograph.

Stále ještě existují českoslovenští příslušníci RAF, jejichž fotografie nejsou identifikovány.

If you are able to identify any of these Czechoslovak RAF airmen in the photographs below please contact us, with your information and the photograph number.

Pokud jste podle fotografií umístěných níže schopni identifikovat kteréhokoliv z nich, kontaktujte nás prosím a sdělte číslo fotografie a údaje, které máte k dispozici.







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Válečná odysea


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Jan Šerhant








Jan Šerhant, zkušený dopravní letec a šéfpilot leteckého oddělení firmy Baťa, odletěl několik dnů před německou okupací z Československa na palubě Baťova letounu Lockheed Electra. V Kanadě se přihlásil jako dobrovolník do RAF. Ve Velké Británii Jan Šerhant létal zpočátku jako stíhací pilot u 68. noční stíhací perutě, později jako pilot vojenských transportních letadel na dálkových letech do Afriky, na Střední východ a do Indie.

Po válce se stal pilotem ČSA, odkud byl vyhozen v roce 1950. Až do odchodu do důchodu pracoval v dělnických profesích. Zemřel v roce 1983. Válečný deník Jana Šerhanta byl vydán v původní podobě pouze s minimem jazykových úprav, aby byla zachována autenticita textu. Kniha je doplněna o unikátní černobílé fotografie a barevné bokorysy letadel, které Jan Šerhant létal.

Publisher:
Vydavatel
Vintage Aviation
ISBN: 978-80-270-4685-0
Format:
Počet stran
Hardback, 140 pages, 169+ photos
Vázaná kniha, 140 stran, 169+ fotografií
Language:
Jazyk
Czech
česky
Published:
Publikováno
2019
Price:
Cena
399 Kč




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Erazim Vesely remembered



A memorial plaque was unveiled 9 March 2019 for F/Lt Erazim Veselý at his birthplace at the family home at Tachovská 249, Planá. F/Lt Erazim Veselý had served as a navigator with 311 Squadron during WW2.

9.3.2019 byla na domě jeho rodiny v Plané, na čísle popisném 249, v ulici Tachovská, odhalena pamětní deska navigátora 311. perutě F/Lt. Erazima Veselého.

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The event was well attended and had been organised by PhDr Daniel Svec, who afterwards gave a presentation about the Czechoslovaks who served in the RAF during WW2 which included a display of memorabilia used by them.

Tuto hojně navštívenou událost zorganizoval PhDr. Daniel Švec. Ten také po ukončení slavnostní části promítl počítačovou prezentaci o Čechoslovácích ve službách RAF za druhé světové války a představil i kolekci předmětů, které v té době používali.




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Ceskoslovensti letci ve Velke Britanii


Life at Exeter with 310 Sqn, 1942.

A history of 310 Sqn here.




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Czechoslovak Air Force pilots and navigator badges


Pilot
polní pilot.

Reproduction 1939 period Czechoslovak Air Force Pilots and Navigator badges are now available from SM Parapresent in the Czech Republic.

Reprodukce československých pilotních odznaků polních pilotů a polních pozorovatelů v provedení z roku 1939 jsou nyní na prodej u frimy SM Parapresent s.r.o. v České republice.

Navigator.
polní pozorovatel

Each badge costs 600 Kč plus postage to Czech Republic or international destinations.

Cena je 600 Kč za kus plus poštovné. Zboží je možno dodat i do zahraničí.

More details here.

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Josef Rechka – A hero amongst us


An article, by Mike Le Galle, in the February 2019 newsletter of the Jersey Aero Club, about Josef Řechka, 310 Sqn Battle of Britain pilot.

Josef Řechka

The Jersey Aero Club has seen many famous pilot members over its history, some lived in Jersey all their lives and some came for a few years then left, some were well known and stood out whilst others were unassuming and kept their heroic past to themselves. Joe was one such pilot.

I first met Joe when I joined Intra Airways in Jersey flying the DC-3, it was my first commercial airline job and first commercial aircraft. I was aware of Joe before this as he worked for Intra, and as a club instructor, I would often see Joe in the clubhouse.

Intra DC-3 G-AMPY

Joe was a very quiet and modest character, he had an infectious smile that seemed to say “don’t worry, all will be well”.

Flying with Joe was an experience, first, he was such a lovely man you always felt he was not only a colleague but a friend. However, he kept us rookies busy as he would often change heading or altitude without waiting for ATC approval leaving us F/Os to catch up and rapidly approve it with ATC. I very quickly learned that Joe knew the DC-3 like the back of his hand, that old saying “it talked to him”, was spot on with Joe. Many times, I would be reaching for the emergency checklist when Joe, with that wry smile, would stop me saying “hold on Mike let’s do this to fix it”, it always would.

DC-3 G-AMHJ

It was very unusual for Joe to talk about his past life, most times just a few words, and it only became known to me when one day the Intra chief pilot Wally Smith told me the story.

Joe was born in a small town near Prague, his parents were in the hotel trade and at the age of 17, he started learning the hotel business. Joe, however, had other ideas and persuaded his mother to sign her parental consent on the application form which would enable him to join the Czechoslovak Air Force. He had told her that the application form was for an engineering course.

After training, he qualified as a fighter pilot and later as a test pilot in the Czechoslovak Air Force. In May 1937 he left the Czech Air Force and became an airline pilot with the civilian airline CLS. When Germany occupied Czechoslovakia, in March 1939, all Czech military and civilian planes were grounded. Czechoslovakia was now part of the Reich Protectorate. The pilots, about 1500, were invited to join the German Luftwaffe. Joe was one of the many Czech pilots who decided to leave before this invitation became an order.

Joe escaped over the border into Poland and then to France. Shortly after arriving in France war was declared and he was rapidly conscripted into the Armée de l’Air. He flew Morane-Saulnier MS-406c aircraft which had a single engine, single gunned fighter aircraft. He flew with the French Air Force from October 1939 to June 1940 when France capitulated.

MS-406

Joe grouped up with other Czech pilots and went by train and boat to Casablanca. From here they boarded a British ship which took them to Gibraltar and then onto Liverpool where they arrived on 15 July 1940. Here he joined the Royal Air Force as a Volunteer Reserve with the rank of Sergeant and was based at RAF Cosford. On 6 August 1940, he was posted to the newly formed 310 Czechoslovak Squadron, flying Hurricane I fighters and were based at Duxford. He was one of the 88 Czechoslovak pilots who participated in the Battle of Britain. One of the few.

Hurricane 1

In 1941 he was posted to RAF Ferry Command and ferried aircraft between Montreal, Canada, and Prestwick, Britain. The usual route was via Goose Bay, Alaska, Greenland, and Iceland. During this period, he was temporarily posted to Medicine Hat, Canada, as an instructor.

During this period, he was promoted to Flying Officer and flew DC3’s. One of the highlights of this period was flying Winston Churchill to Paris and Brussels. He stayed with 24 Sqn. until 1 May 1945 when he was posted to 147 Sqn, who were a Transport Command unit based at Croydon, which was his final RAF posting of
the war.

At the end of hostilities, he returned to Czechoslovakia and flew with a Transport Command unit of the Czechoslovak Air Force based at Prague. He was demobbed, on 31 December 1945, with an RAF rank of Flight Lieutenant and the following day he joined České Aeroline ČSA, the state airline, as a pilot. This was a common destination for many other Czech ex RAF people. Initially, he flew ex Luftwaffe Ju 52’s and a year later ČSA purchased some 29 DC3’s which Joe flew on international flights around Europe.

Unfortunately, the situation in Czechoslovakia was becoming very unsettled with the Russian ‘liberators’ staying in the country intent on forcing their Communist ideology onto the nation following the putsch in February 1948. Under this new regime, the ex RAF people became unwanted people as they were deemed to be traitors and tainted with Western capitalism which had no place in the new Czechoslovakia. Most were eventually dismissed from their work and only permitted to do manual or farm work. Others were gradually arrested and imprisoned, some were executed whilst others, and their families suffered further persecution from the Communist authorities.

Some chose to try and escape and Joe, now married, was one of these. With two other former RAF pilots with 310 Squadron, they planned to steal an aircraft and fly to England. This took a year in careful and cautious planning but finally on 30 September 1950 the plan was successfully implemented. Joe and the other two pilots took one of their Dakota DC3 aircraft OK-WAA for a test flight from Prague airport, but unknown to the authorities it had an extra 500 gallons of fuel on board. He flew to a field a short distance from Prague where he landed and, with engines still running, picked up their wives and two children and was quickly back into the air on route to Manston, England. The price of failure would have been severe, all aboard would have received harsh prison sentences and the 3 RAF men would most likely have been executed.

Safely arrived at Manston, 1950.

Joe successfully achieved his UK commercial license in September 1952. From November 1952 he flew with Transair Ltd, based at Croydon where he remained until July 1960 when the company, along with 3 others airlines, merged to form British United Airways. During this period Joe flew regularly to and from Jersey. In the final years of his career, Joe flew for Macedonian Aviation and Intra Airways.

After an aviation career that had spanned some 50 years, he retired from flying in February 1981. He died 15 January 1984, and is interred at the Czechoslovak plot at Brookwood, Surrey.

It was a privilege to fly with Joe, an aviator the likes of which we are unlikely to see again. I know that Joe enjoyed his time in Jersey with Intra, he enjoyed long walks and spending time off at the Jersey Aero Club.

A hero amongst us.

© Mike Le Galle




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Remembering two airmen from Budisov and Hodov

Vzpomínka na Františka Horkého a Leonharda Smrčka – letce RAF, kteří bojovali ve druhé světové válce.

In Memory of RAF airmen who fought in World War II: František Horký and Leonhard Smrček

V letošním roce 2018 si připomínáme řadu významných výročí v historii země. Rád bych čtenářům Zpravodaje přiblížil vzpomínku na účastníky 2. světové války letce RAF /Královského letectva Velké Británie/ z Budišova a Hodova, kteří se oba z války domů nenavrátili.Jejich osoby nám připomínají jména na pomnících v Budišově, Hodově i jinde a dále již uskutečněné vzpomínkové akce, avšak jejich místa posledního odpočinku se nacházejí mimo republiku.

The Czech Republic commemorated several very important anniversaries in 2018. I would like to bring to your attention two Czechoslovak RAF airmen from Budišov and Hodov. Both of them lost their lives during the second war. Their names are commemorated on war memorials in Budisov, Hodov and elsewhere in their home country but their remains were buried abroad.

Již delší dobu jsem si přál navštívit hrob strýce Františka Horkého staršího bratra mého otce Stanislava Horkého.Hrob se nachází ve Velké Británii ve městě Lowestoft na pobřeží Severního moře.Fr.Horký z Hodova nar. V r. 1917 po absolvování vojenské služby v r. 1937-1939 se rozhodl odejít bojovat proti nacistům.Psal si o své cestě zápisník s řadou detailů o přesunech přes Maďarsko ,Jugoslávii, Blízký východ až do Francie a nakonec lodí do Anglie. Nebyl sám, kdo se z našeho kraje rozhodl odejít bojovat. Ještě ve Francii se František setkal s Leonhardem Smrček kamarádem z Budišova. Jejich setkání a část rozmluvy zachycuje snímek z rodinného archivu Zdeňka Smrčka.

Visit to my uncle’s grave had been on my wishlist for a long time. His name was František Horký and he was my father’s Stanislav Horky elder brother. His grave can be found in Lowestoft cemetery on the east coast. František Horký was born in Hodov in 1917. After his compulsory military service (1937-39) he’s decided to escape from the occupied country and fight Nazis from abroad. When he escaped he started a diary and recorded many of details of his journey through Hungary, Yugoslavia, Near East, France and then sailing to England. He wasn’t the only man from our region who made that decision. In France, he met Leonard Smrček his friend from Budisov. In a photograph from the Smrček’s family archive, you can see them in conversation.

L.Smrček v tmave letecké uniformě, Fr.Horký ještě v původní táborové uniformě.
Leonhard Smrček in his dark pilot uniform; František Horký still wearing the camp uniform.

Ze vzpomínek mého otce uvádím, že otec bratrovi před tajným odchodem z republiky pomáhal mimo jiné shromaždovat např. kovové mince, protože ty ještě v zahraničí platily.

My father told me a story of him and his brother collecting the coins for the journey since Czechoslovak banknotes lost had no value but coins were still accepted abroad.

To také v době heydrichiády mělo neblahé účinky.Mnozí byli internování ve Svatobořicích u Kyjova,/otec Alois Horký i rodina Smrčkova/, nejstarší bratr Alois jako radioamater dostal za odbojovou činnost v Brně trest 5 let v káznici v Německu. Bratři Josef a Stanislav byli totálně nasazeni na práci v “Říši”.

My uncle’s decision to escape abroad had disastrous effects for the family after liquidation of Reichmashall Heindrich in 1942. In the days after Heindrich death were many people interred in the camp at Svatoborice u Kyjova and one of them was Frantisek’s father Alois Horky. The oldest brother of my uncle, Alois as a radio amateur was sentenced to 5 years of jail in Germany for his resistance activities. His brothers Josef and Stanislav were send to “Reich” for conscripted slave labour.

Strýc František se v Anglii přihlásil k letectvu a jako radista ze základní služby v československé armádě byl postupně odborně vyškolen a přiřazen k 311. bombardovací peruti RAF. Absolvoval následně lety na bombardéru Welington jako radiotelegrafistu a palubní střelec .Již v prosinci r. 1941 obdržel vyznamenání za chrabrost.

Uncle Frantisek joined the RAF in England and as a former Czechoslovak army radio operator was trained and attached to RAF 311 Czechoslovak squadron. He served on Vickers Wellington bombers as a radio operator and air gunner. In November 1941 was recommended for the Za chrabrost medal for his bravery.

Obecně v té době platilo, pokud měli letci nalétáno dostatečné množství hodin, pak bývali přeřazení na jinou činnost.Fr.Horký byl později přeřazen k pozemnímu vojsku a v listopadu r. 1942 ve městě Leamington zemřel. Pochován je v městě Lowestoft na centrálním hřbitově v časti, kde se nachází hroby dalších také zahraničních vojáků padlých nebo zemřelých ve válce.

There was a regulation in those days that required all airman to undertake a different service when his operational period was completed. Frantisek Horky was attached to the Army and died in Leamington in 1942. He was buried in Lowestoft cemetery in a WW2 section dedicated to Allied soldiers.

Fotografii pomníku v Praze na Klárově přikládám, zde jsou jména kamarádů z mládí z Budišova a Hodova opět pospolu.
The memorial in Praha-Klárov. The names of the two old pals from Budišov and Hodov are together again

V r. 1990 byl František Horký povýšen na podplukovníka in memoriam.Jeho jméno je také vytesáno na pomníku letců v Praze Dejvicích i vyryto na pomníku s okřídleným lvem na pražském Klárově stejně jako jméno L.Smrčka, jehož letoun byl při bojovém letu sestřelen.

In 1990 František Horký was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel rank posthumously. His name is inscribed on the Czechoslovak airmen memorial at Prague-Dejvice and engraved on the Winged Lion memorial at Prague-Klárov. The same memorials commemorate L. Smrcek who died in action during an operational flight over Holland.

Hrobu Františka Horkého v Lowestoft.
The grave of František Horký at Lowestoft.

O hroby vojáků je ve Velké Británii velmi dobře pečováno. Řada dnes již potomků našich vojáků, kteří zůstali nebo se vrátili po válce do Anglie se také soukromně o hroby stará. Letos v září jsme se s mou rodinou vypravili na krátkou cestu do Londýna. Vlakem jsme mimo jiné s několika přestupy,se zpožděním jednoho spoje a ujetím přípoje „během jedné minuty“ nakonec dorazili do přístavního města Lowestoft.

War graves are very well tended in Britain these days. Many of our soldier’s descendants who stayed or returned back to Britain after the WW2 tend these graves too. With my son, we made a short trip to London this year and after a little adventure, provided for free by the British railway company, we made it to the little coastal town of Lowestoft.

Měl jsem štěstí, že díky získaným kontaktům s klubem veteránů RAF jak v Česku tak v Anglii i díky sestřenici Jitce a její dceři Jitce z Brna jsem se seznámil s Tomem Doležalem a Peterem Nahodilem, kteří oba žijí v Anglii.

I was lucky to find contacts in England provided by Czech RAF veterans club. Thanks to my cousin Jitka and her daughter Jitka from Brno I was introduced to Tom Doležal and Peter Nahodil who both live in Britain.

Peter Nahodil je m.j. nejmladším synem letce Karla Nahodila z Třebíče, který byl také letcem 311.perutě RAF a který má nedávno odhalenou pamětní desku na radnici v Třebíči. P. Nahodil žije blízko Lowestoft a díky jemu jsme na velkém hřbitově hrob strýce Františka Horkého brzy nalezli.

Peter Nahodil is the youngest son of Karel Nahodil from Trebic, a former 311 Czechoslovak Squadron airman. A plaque with his name was recently unveiled on the town hall in Třebíč. He lives not far away from Lowestoft and thanks to his help we have found our uncle’s grave easily.

Byl jsem rád, že jsme s mým synem Filipem mohli u hrobu strýce Františka ponechat naši vlajku, do trávy vsypat hrstku hlíny z jeho rodného domu z Hodova získanou již od nových majitelů domku a společně zavzpomínat.

I was really happy to visit my uncle’s grave with my son leaving, there a small Czech flag and a small quantity of soil brought from the garden of the house in Hodov where was my uncle born provided by it’s new owners. We have also spent a quiet moment together to commemorate his life.

Nejen v tuto chvíli si člověk uvědomuje, jaká to byla odvaha a hrdinství těchto mladých mužů dokázat odejít od svých milovaných blízkých a vydat se do neznáma bojovat za ideály svobody a to i s vědomím toho,že jejich návrat do vlasti není jistý.

Such moments remind us of the bravery and courage of these young men who left their loved ones and set out for unknown foreign countries fight for freedom and sacrifice their lives.

Stejně jako Leonhard Smrček zůstal po sestřelení letadla v Holandsku , tak i František Horký zůstává pochován daleko od svého rodiště. Jsem rád, že si pamatuji na naše předky.

Leonhard Smrček’s remains were buried in Holland and also Frantisek Horky was buried far from his birthplace. I am happy to remember our forefathers.

Aleš Horký
Praha / Budišov u Třebíče




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311 Sqn – Vzduch je nase more 24





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IBCC – Lincoln


The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) at Lincoln, UK, with the Walls of Names, was unveiled on 12th April 2018. It serves as a point for recognition, remembrance and reconciliation for those who died whilst serving with RAF Bomber Command during WW2.

12. dubna 2018 bylo v Lincolnu, ve Velké Británii, otevřeno The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC). Jeho součástí jsou i Walls of Names, zdi, na nichž jsou uvedena jména všech padlých letců sloužících za druhé světové války pod Bomber Command RAF. Centrum bylo založeno jako místo, kde můžete poznávat historii Bomber Command, připomínat jeho statečné muže a tiše na ně vzpomenout.

The Memorial Spire, central to IBCC, commemorates the airmen who served in RAF Bomber Command during WW2. Of the some 125, 000 airmen who served, 55,573 died. It is now recognised as the UK’s tallest war memorial.

Memorial Spire, štíhlá věž v centru IBBC, připomíná letce, kteří sloužili pod Bomber Command Britského královského letectva v letech druhé světové války. Z celkového počtu přibližně 125 000 mužů jich padlo 55 573 (ztráty dosáhly 44,4 procent). Je nejvyšším válečným pomníkem v Británii.

The Walls of Names surround the Memorial Spire in a series of panel circles framing the view of the City with a focus on the City’s ancient Cathedral, which served as a sighting point for RAF bomber crews flying from Lincolnshire during WW2. For many of the men named on the accompanying walls, the Cathedral provided their last sight of Britain. Each panel is formed from engraved sheets of Corten Weathering Steel.

Walls of Names, které ji obklopují, rámují výhled na město s ústředním bodem tvořeným středověkou katedrálou. Zdejší katedrála byla místem, které nejvíce přitahovalo oči posádek bombardérů odlétajících za druhé světové války z Lincolnshire, a pro mnohé z nich, jejichž jména najdeme na zdech pomníku, to byl poslední výhled v Británii. Každý panel se skládá z plátů vyrobenych z corten oceli

The Wall consists of 271 panels with the names of the 55,573 – a loss rate of 44.4% – RAF airmen, from 45 nations, who lost their lives serving in Bomber Command during WWII. The IBCC is the only place in the world where all these losses are commemorated.

Zeď je tvořena 271 panely se jmény těchto 55.573 letců RAF pocházejících ze 45 zemí, kteří položili své životy za druhé světové války ve službách Bomber Command RAF. Každý panel je složen z kovových desek vyrobených ze speciální COR-TEN oceli. IBCC je jediným místem na světě, kde jsou všechna tato jména připomínána.

Whilst 311 Sqn was deployed in Bomber Command when based at Honnington and East Wreatham, between 29 July 1940 to 18 April 1942, 114 of its airmen were lost and are remembered on the Walls of Names.

Od nasazení 311. československé bombardovací perutě pod velením Bomber Command, která působila mezi 29. červencem 1940 a 18. dubnem 1942 na základnách v Honningtonu a East Wreathamu, došlo ke ztrátě 114 jejích mužů.

Those 114 Czechoslovak airmen are:

I jejich jména zde nalezneme, jsou to:

Panel 10:

BLÁHA Oldřich Dennis, F/O,

Bomb Aimer, 44 Sqn. – † 02/01/44, aged 21, Lancaster, KM-C, W4831, shot down and crashed 30 miles south of Berlin at Luckenwalde whilst on a bombing raid on Berlin. Grave at Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery.


Panel 121:

ALBRECHT Josef, Sgt.

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 16/10/40, aged 25, his Wellington N2771, hit barrage balloon at 21:45 and crashed near Bentley Priory, Middx with no survivors. Grave at Harrow [Pinner] New cemetery, London.

Panel 125:

BABÁČEK Pavel Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. – † 20/07/41, aged 26, his Wellington KX-F R1371 shot down by night fighter over the North Sea following a bombing raid on Hanover, Germany. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 30 on the Runnymede Memorial.

BABÍČEK Zdeněk Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 15/09/41, aged 21, his Wellington R1015 shot down by flak over Holland whilst on a bombing raid to Hamburg, aircraft crashed near Andervenne, Germany. Grave at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.

Panel 126:

BAMBUŠEK Jaroslav LAC,

Fitter II E, 311 Sqn – † 04/04/42, aged 28, killed in a motorcycle crash resulting from a bomb explosion in the immediate vicinity. Grave at St. Ethelbert churchyard, East Wretham, Norfolk.

Panel 128:

BAUMRUK Bohuslav Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn. – † 15/01/41, aged 24, lost in Wellington KX-Y T2519 missing in North Sea following raid on Wilhelmshaven. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 39 on the Runnymede Memorial.

Panel 131:

BINDER František Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 04/03/42, aged 27, His Wellington, Z1147, was on a bombing raid on Emden, Germany, killed during an attack by a Luftwaffe night fighter. During the attack, he was seriously wounded in the head and stomach and died on the return flight from Emden. The Wellington landed safely back at East Wretham and his grave is at St. Ethelbert churchyard, East Wretham, Norfolk.

Panel 132:

BOLFÍK Rudolf Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 15/01/41, aged 27, lost in Wellington KX-Y T2519 missing in North Sea following a bombing raid on Wilhelmshaven. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 39 on the Runnymede Memorial.

Panel 137:

BROŽ Jaromír P/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn – † 17/01/42, aged 25, his Wellington, T2971, was on a bombing raid on Bremen, flak above the target damaged the aircraft causing it to crash near Tilburg, Holland. His grave is at Gilzerbaan General cemetery, Tilburg, Holland.


Panel 144:

CIBULKA Josef P/O,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. – † 12/03/42, aged 28, his Wellington KX-P R1802 crashed in the North Sea due to icing up whilst on a bombing raid to Keil. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 68 on the Runnymede Memorial.

Panel 151:

ČTVRTLÍK Jan Sgt,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. – † 27/07/41, aged 23, Wellington KX-F R1371 shot down by night fighter over the North Sea following a bombing raid on Hanover. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 42 on the Runnymede Memorial.

Panel 152:

DANIHELKA Karel Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 26, his Wellington KX-A Z1167 lost without trace on bombing raid on Paris. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 81 on the Runnymede Memorial.

Panel 155:

DITTRICH František K. P/O,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 23/10/41, aged 24, his Wellington T2624 crashed into the Irish Sea, off Cardigan Bay, during a training flight. His body was recovered and cremated. After WW2 the urn was repatriated back to Czechoslovakia.

Panel 156:

DOLEJŠ Adolf Sgt,

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 02/07/41, aged 26, his Wellington R1515 was accidentally shot down by an RAF night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cherbourg. Aircraft crashed at Lower Park Farm at Mere, Wiltshire. He is buried at Devizes Road cemetery, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Panel 158:

DUŠEK František Sgt,

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 25/05/41, aged 20, his Wellington N3010 crashed at the start of a training flight at Langham, Norfolk. His grave is at St. Ethelbert churchyard, East Wretham, Norfolk.

Panel 163:

FÍNA Jiří Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn. – † 2/03/42, aged 28, Wellington KX-P R1802 crashed in the North Sea due to iceing up whilst on a bombing raid to Keil. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 83 on the Runnymede Memorial.

Panel 176:

HANZL Vladimír Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 22, Wellington KX-A Z1167 lost without trace on a bombing raid on Paris. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 85 on the Runnymede Memorial.

HAPALA Richard P/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn – † 02/07/41, aged 22, his Wellington R1515 was accidentally shot down by an RAF night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cherbourg. Aircraft crashed at Lower Park Farm at Mere, Wiltshire. He is buried at Devizes Road cemetery, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Panel 179:

HAVLÍK Oldřich Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 14/05/42, aged 25, his Wellington Z1098 was damaged by flak over the target on a bombing raid on Dortmund, on the return flight was shot down by a Luftwaffe Me110 over Holland and crashed near Boshoven, northwest of Weert. He is buried at Woensel General Cemetery, near Eindhoven, Holland.

Panel 180:

HEJNA Jan Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn –  † 23/06/41, aged 26, his Wellington KX-T T2990 returning from a bombing raid on Bremen shot down by night fighter over the North Sea 20 km West of Petten, Holland. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 36 on the Runnymede Memorial.

HELMA Oldřich Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 02/07/41, aged 25, his Wellington R1515 was accidentally shot down by an RAF night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cherbourg. Aircraft crashed at Lower Park Farm at Mere, Wiltshire. He is buried at Devizes Road cemetery, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Panel 185:

HRADIL Bohuslav Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 26, his Wellington Ic, KX-Y Z1070, was shot down near Creil, France, whilst on a bombing raid to Paris. He is buried at Creil Communal Cemetery.

HRDINA Josef F/Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 11/04/42, aged 30, his Wellington KX-Z, Z8838, was shot down by a Luftwaffe night fighter while returning from a bombing raid on Essen. Aircraft crashed 4.5 km east of Kolhorn, Holland. All the crew were killed and initially buried at Middenmeer, Holland, five in a communal grave and one in a separate grave. In 2004 the remains were re-interred at Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery, Holland.

HUDEC Josef F/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn – † 15/01/41, aged 28, lost in Wellington KX-Y, T2519, missing in the North Sea following a raid on Wilhelmshaven. He is remembered on panel 30 on the Runnymede Memorial.

Panel 187:

HURT Karel Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn. – † 23/10/41, aged 24, Wellington T2624 crashed on a training flight into the Irish Sea, off Cardigan, Wales. His body was never recovered and is He is remembered on panel 45 on the Runnymede Memorial.

Panel 188:

JANČA František Sgt,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 19, Wellington KX-A Z1167 lost without trace on a bombing raid on Paris. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 86 on the Runnymede Memorial.

JANOUŠEK Jiří Sgt,

Air Gunner 311 Sqn – † 16/12/40, aged 23, his Wellington KX-Q, T2577, crashed at East Wretham on take-off for a bombing raid on Mannheim, Germany. He is buried at All Saints churchyard, Honington, Suffolk.

JANŮJ Otakar Sgt,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 23/10/41, aged 28, Wellington T2624 crashed on a training flight into the Irish Sea, off Cardigan, Wales. His body was never recovered and he is remembered on panel 46 on the Runnymede Memorial.

JARNOT Alois Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 15/09/41, aged 23, Wellington R1015 shot down by flak over Holland whilst on a bombing raid to Hamburg, aircraft crashed near Andervenne, Germany. He is buried at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.

JAROŠEK Hubert P/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn – † 16/10/40, aged 30, Wellington bomber KX-T, L7844, whilst on a bombing raid to Keil, shot down at 21:25 by a Luftwaffe night fighter. Aircraft crashed at Doornspijk, southwest of Oosterwelde, Holland. He is buried at Oosterwolde General cemetery, Oldebroek, Holland.

Panel 189:

JINDRA Miroslav Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 20/07/41, aged 25, Wellington KX-F R1371 shot down by night fighter over the North Sea following a bombing raid on Hanover, Germany. The aircraft crashed into the Waddenzee, Holland. He is buried at Uithuizermeeden General Cemetery, Holland.

JIRSÁK Otto Sgt,

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 16/10/40, aged 33, Wellington bomber KX-T, L7844, whilst on a bombing raid to Keil, shot down at 21:25 by a Luftwaffe night fighter. Aircraft crashed at Doornspijk, southwest of Oosterwelde, Holland. He is buried at Oosterwolde General cemetery, Oldebroek, Holland.

Panel 192:

KALENSKÝ Josef F/Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 11/04/42, aged 25, his Wellington KX-Z, Z8838, was shot down by a Luftwaffe night fighter while returning from a bombing raid on Essen. Aircraft crashed 4.5 km east of Kolhorn, Holland. All the crew were killed and initially buried at Middenmeer, Holland, five in a communal grave and Josef KALENSKÝ in a separate grave. In 2004 the remains were re-interred at Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery, Holland.

Panel 195:

KLIMT Karel Sgt,

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 16/10/40, aged 28, Wellington bomber KX-T, L7844, whilst on a bombing raid to Keil, shot down at 21:25 by a Luftwaffe night fighter. Aircraft crashed at Doornspijk, southwest of Oosterwelde, Holland. He is buried at Oosterwolde General cemetery, Oldebroek, Holland.

KODEŠ Karel Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 11/04/42, aged 21, his Wellington KX-Z, Z8838, was shot down by a Luftwaffe night fighter while returning from a bombing raid on Essen. Aircraft crashed 4.5 km east of Kolhorn, Holland. All the crew were killed and initially buried at Middenmeer, Holland, Karel KODEŠ and four others in a communal grave and one in a separate grave. In 2004 the remains were re-interred at Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery, Holland.

KONŠTACKÝ Vilém P/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn. – † 03/06/41, aged 26, Wellington KX-T T2990 returning from a bombing raid on Bremen, Germany, shot down by night fighter over the North Sea 20 km West of Petten, Holland. His body was never recovered and he is remembered on panel 33 on the Runnymede Memorial.

KORMANOVIČ Imrich Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. – † 03/03/42, aged 40, his Wellington Ic, KX-Y Z1070, was shot down near Creil, France, whilst on a bombing raid to Paris. He is buried at Creil Communal Cemetery.

KOŠULIČ Václav P/O,

Wireless Operator, 311 Sqn – † 17/04/41, aged 25, his Wellington R1599 shot down by Me110 night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cologne, Germany. Aircraft crashed at 23:39 at Kelpen (Limburg) 9 km South East of Weert, Holland. No survivors from the crash. He is buried at Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.

KOTRCH Jan Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 24, his Wellington Ic, KX-Y Z1070, was shot down near Creil, France, whilst on a bombing raid to Paris. He is buried at Creil Communal Cemetery.

KOUKOL František Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 01/10/40, aged 25, his Wellington R9649 crashed at Elton, Peterborough during a training flight. He is buried at Eastfield cemetery, Peterborough.

KRÁČMER František Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 17/04/41, aged 24, his Wellington R1599 shot down by Me110 night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cologne, Germany. Aircraft crashed at 23:39 at Kelpen (Limburg) 9 km South East of Weert, Holland. No survivors from the crash. He is buried at Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.

KRÁL Čeněk Vincenc Sgt,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. – † 21/01/42, aged 21, his Wellington KX-D DV515 lost without trace in the North Sea on following a bombing raid to Bremen, Germany. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 87 on the Runnymede Memorial.

KRÁL Jaromír Oldřich P/O,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. –  † 15/01/41, aged 27, lost in Wellington KX-Y T2519 missing in North Sea following raid on Wilhelmshaven. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 33 on the Runnymede Memorial.

KŘIVDA Jan Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 16/12/40, aged 27, his Wellington KX-Q, T2577, crashed at East Wretham on take-off for a bombing raid on Mannheim, Germany. He is buried at All Saints churchyard, Honington, Suffolk.

KUBÍČEK Vladimír F/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn. –  † 17/04/41, aged 27, his Wellington R1599 shot down by Me110 night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cologne, Germany. Aircraft crashed at 23:39 at Kelpen (Limburg) 9 km South East of Weert, Holland. No survivors from the crash. He is buried at Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.

KUBIZŇÁK Antonín P/O,

Pilot, 311 Sqn. – † 15/01/41, aged 29, lost in Wellington KX-Y T2519 missing in North Sea following raid on Wilhelmshaven. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 30 on the Runnymede Memorial.

KULA Jaroslav F/Lt,

Navigator, 311 Sqn – † 12/03/42, aged 27, Wellington KX-P R1802 crashed in the North Sea due to icing up whilst on a bombing raid to Keil. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 66 on the Runnymede Memorial.

KUŇKA Karel Sgt,

Wireless Operator, 311 Sqn – † 25/09/40, aged 27, Wellington L7788 damaged by flak above target, whilst on a bombing raid on Berlin, Germany. Aircraft crashed South of Gravenhage, Holland. He survived the crash but shot himself with a flare pistol rather than be captured. His grave is at The Hague [Westduin] General cemetery, The Hague, Holland.

Panel 196:

LANČÍK [Lanczik] Jaroslav Sgt,

Wireless Operator, 311 Sqn – † 02/07/4, aged 20, his Wellington R1515 was accidentally shot down by an RAF night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cherbourg. Aircraft crashed at Lower Park Farm at Mere, Wiltshire. After WW2 his remains were repatriated back to Czechoslovakia.

LANDA Bohumil P/O,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 16/10/40, aged 43, Wellington bomber KX-T, L7844, whilst on a bombing raid to Keil, shot down at 21:25 by a Luftwaffe night fighter. Aircraft crashed at Doornspijk, southwest of Oosterwelde, Holland. He is buried at Oosterwolde General cemetery, Oldebroek, Holland.

LANG Karel Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 17/10/40, aged 24, his Wellington L7786, crashed near Coddenham, Suffolk, during a training flight. He is buried at All Saints churchyard, Honington, Suffolk.

Panel 198:

LESKAUER Jindřich P/O

Wireless Operator, 311 Sqn – † 15/01/41, aged 23, lost in Wellington KX-Y T2519 missing in the North Sea following a bombing raid on Wilhelmshaven. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 33 on the Runnymede Memorial.


Panel 199:

LIEBOLD Jindřich AC2,

Interpreter, 311 Sqn – † 05/01/41, aged 19, killed in an air raid on East Wretham. He is burie at St. Ethelbert churchyard, East Wretham, Norfolk.

LIFČIC [LIFCZIZ] Rudolf Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 17/04/41, aged 30, his Wellington R1599 shot down by Me110 night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cologne, Germany. Aircraft crashed at 23:39 at Kelpen (Limburg) 9 km South East of Weert, Holland. No survivors from the crash. He is buried at Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.

LINKA Stanislav Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 16/11/41, aged 26, Wellington KX-E Z8966 damaged by flak during a bombing raid on Keil, Germany. On return flight crashed in Irish Sea, 20 km South West off St Bees Head, Cumberland. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 47 on the Runnymede Memorial.

Panel 204:

MAREŠ Jiří Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 17/07/41, aged 25, his Wellington KX-N, R1718, was shot down at 00:50 by by a Luftwaffe Me110 on a bombing raid to Hamburg, Germany. The Wellington crashed in the Zuiderzee off the island of Ijsselmeer 5km west of Lemmer, Holland. He was killed in the crash and is buried at Lemmer General Cemetery, Lemsterland, Holland.

Panel 205:

MAŠEK Rudolf Sgt,

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 17/01/42, aged 23, his Wellington, T2971, was on a bombing raid on Bremen, flak above the target damaged the aircraft causing it to crash near Tilburg, Holland. His grave is at Gilzerbaan General cemetery, Tilburg, Holland.

Panel 206:

MATOUŠEK Jaroslav P/O,

Wireless Operator, 311 Sqn – † 16/10/40, aged 25, Wellington N2771, hit barrage balloon at 21:45 and crashed near Bentley Priory, Middx with no survivors. Grave at Harrow [Pinner] New cemetery, London.

Panel 212:

MEZNÍK Alois Sgt,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. – † 12/03/42, aged 30, Wellington KX-P R1802 crashed in the North Sea due to icing up whilst on a bombing raid to Keil. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 89 on the Runnymede Memorial.

MIKLOŠEK Ján Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn. – † 15/09/41, aged 25, Wellington R1015 shot down by flak over Holland whilst on a bombing raid to Hamburg, aircraft crashed near Andervenne, Germany. Grave at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.

Panel 213:

MOHR Josef F/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn. – † 02/01/42, aged 29, his Wellington KX-B T2553 lost in the North Sea, off the Dutch coast, following a raid on Wilhelmshaven. He survived the crash but died from exposure in a dinghy during the six days at sea. He is buried at Bergen General Cemetery, Bergen, Holland.

Panel 218:

NĚMEČEK Ladislav Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. – † 21/01/42, aged 24, his Wellington KX-D DV515 lost without trace in the North Sea on following a bombing raid to Bremen, Germany. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 90 on the Runnymede Memorial.

NETÍK Václav Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 20/07/41, aged 30, Wellington KX-F, R1371, shot down by night fighter over the North Sea following a bombing raid on Hanover, Germany. He is buried at Oldebroek General cemetery, Oldebroek, Holland.

Panel 223:

PAROLEK Jan František F/O,

Wireless Operator, 311 Sqn – † 16/11/41, aged 24, Wellington KX-E Z8966 damaged by flak on a bombing raid on Keil, on return flight crashed in the Irish Sea, 20 km SW off St Bees Head, Cumberland. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 30 on the Runnymede Memorial

PARTYK Jaroslav P/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn – † 20/07/41, aged 30, Wellington KX-F R1371 shot down by night fighter over the North Sea following a bombing raid on Hanover. He is buried at Sage War Cemetery, Oldenburg, Germany.

Panel 225:

PEPRNÍČEK Jan Sgt,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 11/04/42, aged 22, his Wellington KX-Z, Z8838, was shot down by a Luftwaffe night fighter while returning from a bombing raid on Essen. Aircraft crashed 4.5 km east of Kolhorn, Holland. All the crew were killed and initially buried at Middenmeer, Holland, five in a communal grave and one in a separate grave. In 2004 the remains were re-interred at Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery, Holland.

PETRUCHA Jaroslav Sgt,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 02/07/41, aged 20, his Wellington R1515 was accidentally shot down by an RAF night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cherbourg. Aircraft crashed at Lower Park Farm at Mere, Wiltshire. He is buried at Devizes Road cemetery, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Panel 227:

PLECITÝ Miroslav Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 21/01/42, aged 29, his Wellington KX-D, DV515, lost without trace in the North Sea on following a bombing raid to Bremen, Germany. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 75 on the Runnymede Memorial.

PLOCEK Antonín Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 02/07/41, aged 29, his Wellington R1515 was accidentally shot down by an RAF night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cherbourg. Aircraft crashed at Lower Park Farm at Mere, Wiltshire. He is buried at Devizes Road cemetery, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

PODIVÍNSKÝ Adolf Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 26, Wellington KX-A Z1167 lost without trace on a bombing raid on Paris. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 91 on the Runnymede Memorial.

POLEDNÍK Jaroslav Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 03/10/41, aged 21, his Wellington T2624 crashed into the Irish Sea, off Cardigan Bay, during a training flight. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 50 on the Runnymede Memorial.

POLITZER Maxmilián Sgt,

Pilot, 138 Sqn – † 10/03/42, aged 22, his Whitley NF-A, Z9125, crashed shortly after take-off from Stradishall airfield on an SOE flight, Operation Frensham I, to occupied France. The aircraft caught fire on crashing, killing five of the crew members. His remains were cremated and the urn returned to Czechoslovakia after WW2.

Panel 229:

RAISKUP František F/Sgt,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 12/03/42, aged 28, Wellington KX-P R1802 crashed in the North Sea due to icing up whilst on a bombing raid to Keil. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 92 on the Runnymede Memorial.

Panel 232:

ŘÍHA Ladislav F/Lt,

Navigator, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 25, Wellington KX-A Z1167 lost without trace on bombing raid on Paris. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 66 on the Runnymede Memorial.

Panel 235:

ROLENC Jaroslav Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 23/10/41, aged 26, his Wellington T2624 crashed on a training flight into the Irish Sea, off Cardigan, Wales. His body was never recovered and is He is remembered on panel 51 on the Runnymede Memorial.

Panel 236:

ROUŠ Stanislav Sgt,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. – † 21/01/42, aged 23, his Wellington KX-D DV515 lost without trace in the North Sea on following a bombing raid to Bremen, Germany. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 92 on the Runnymede Memorial.

ROZUM Alois Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 23/06/41, aged 28, his Wellington KX-T T2990 returning from a bombing raid on Bremen shot down by night fighter over the North Sea 20 km West of Petten, Holland. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 37 on the Runnymede Memorial.

Panel 237:

RYCHNOVSKÝ Karel F/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn – † 11/04/42, aged 23, his Wellington KX-Z, Z8838, was shot down by a Luftwaffe night fighter while returning from a bombing raid on Essen. Aircraft crashed 4.5 km east of Kolhorn, Holland. All the crew were killed and initially buried at Middenmeer, Holland, five in a communal grave and one in a separate grave. In 2004 the remains were re-interred at Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery, Holland.

Panel 239:

SEDLÁČEK Mojmír F/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn – † 15/09/41, aged 27, his Wellington R1015 shot down by flak over Holland whilst on a bombing raid to Hamburg, aircraft crashed near Andervenne, Germany. Grave at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.

Panel 242:

SIXTA František F/O,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 17/04/41, aged 27, his Wellington R1599 shot down by Me110 night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cologne, Germany. Aircraft crashed at 23:39 at Kelpen (Limburg) 9 km South East of Weert, Holland. No survivors from the crash. He is buried at Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.

SKALICKÝ Rudolf Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. – † 08/12/41, aged 23, his Wellington KX-B T2553 lost in the North Sea, off the Dutch coast, following a raid on Wilhelmshaven. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 52 on the Runnymede Memorial.

SKOŘEPA Zdeněk F/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 24, his Wellington KX-D DV515 lost without trace in the North Sea on following a bombing raid to Bremen, Germany. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 66 on the Runnymede Memorial.

SKUTEK Pavel Sgt,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. –  † 16/11/41, aged 20, Wellington KX-E Z8966 damaged by flak on a bombing raid on Keil, on return flight crashed in the Irish Sea, 20 km SW off St Bees Head, Cumberland.

SKUTIL Jaroslav P/O,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn –  † 01/10/40, aged 30, his Wellington R9649 crashed at Elton, Peterborough during a training flight. He is buried at Eastfield cemetery, Peterborough.

SLABÝ Jaroslav P/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn –  † 16/10/40, aged 25, his Wellington N2771, hit barrage balloon at 21:45 and crashed near Bentley Priory, Middx with no survivors. Grave at Harrow [Pinner] New cemetery, London.

SLOVÁK Josef P/O,

Pilot, 311 Sqn –  † 01/10/40, aged 28, his Wellington R9649 crashed at Elton, Peterborough during a training flight. He is buried at Eastfield cemetery, Peterborough.

Panel 244:

SMRČEK Leonard P/O,

Wireless Operator, 311 Sqn. – † 23/06/41, aged 25, his Wellington KX-T T2990 returning from a bombing raid on Bremen shot down by night fighter over the North Sea 20 km West of Petten, Holland. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 34 on the Runnymede Memorial.

Panel 245:

SOUKUP Oldřich Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn. – † 12/03/42, aged 21, his Wellington KX-P R1802 crashed in the North Sea due to icing up whilst on a bombing raid to Keil. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 94 on the Runnymede Memorial.

SOUKUP Vilém Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 15/09/41, aged 27, his Wellington R1015 shot down by flak over Holland whilst on a bombing raid to Hamburg, aircraft crashed near Andervenne, Germany. Grave at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.

Panel 246:

ŠPINKA Dobromil Sgt,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 22, his Wellington KX-A Z1167 lost without trace on a bombing raid on Paris. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 81 on the Runnymede Memorial.

Panel 247:

ŠTĚTKA Václav Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 17/04/41, aged 26, his Wellington R1599 shot down by Me110 night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cologne, Germany. Aircraft crashed at 23:39 at Kelpen (Limburg) 9 km South East of Weert, Holland. No survivors from the crash. He is buried at Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.

Panel 248:

STOČEK Milan Maxmilián Sgt,

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 25/05/41, aged 22, Wellington N3010 crashed at the start of a training flight at Langham, Norfolk. His grave is at St. Ethelbert churchyard, East Wretham, Norfolk.

Panel 249:

STRACHOŇ Přibyslav Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 22, his Wellington Ic, KX-Y Z1070, was shot down near Creil, France, whilst on a bombing raid to Paris. He is buried at Creil Communal Cemetery.

Panel 250:

ŠVIC Miloslav P/O,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 04/06/41, aged 24, his Wellington N3010 crashed at the start of a training flight at Langham, Norfolk. His grave is at St. Ethelbert churchyard, East Wretham, Norfolk.

SVOBODA Jindřich Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 17/01/42, aged 24, his Wellington, T2971, was on a bombing raid on Bremen, flak above the target damaged the aircraft causing it to crash near Tilburg, Holland. His grave is at Gilzerbaan General cemetery, Tilburg, Holland.

SVOBODA Josef Sgt,

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 30, his Wellington Ic, KX-Y Z1070, was shot down near Creil, France, whilst on a bombing raid to Paris. He is buried at Creil Communal Cemetery.

TALÁB Josef Sgt,

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 14/04/42, aged 33, his Wellington Z1098 was damaged by flak over the target on a bombing raid on Dortmund, on the return flight was shot down by a Luftwaffe Me110 over Holland and crashed near Boshoven, northwest of Weert. He is buried at Woensel General Cemetery, near Eindhoven, Holland.

Panel 254:

TOLAR Alois P/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 27, his Wellington Ic, KX-Y Z1070, was shot down near Creil, France, whilst on a bombing raid to Paris. He is buried at Creil Communal Cemetery.

TOMÁNEK Josef Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 02/01/42, aged 23, his Wellington KX-B T2553 lost in the North Sea, off the Dutch coast, following a raid on Wilhelmshaven. He survived the crash but died from exposure in a dinghy during the six days at sea. He is remembered on panel 53 at the Runnymede Memorial.

Panel 255:

TOŠOVSKÝ Oldřich Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 17/10/40, aged 23, his Wellington L7786, crashed near Coddenham, Suffolk, during a training flight. He is buried at All Saints churchyard, Honington, Suffolk.

TOUL Jaromír P/O,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 16/12/40, aged 23, his Wellington KX-Q, T2577, crashed at East Wretham on take-off for a bombing raid on Mannheim, Germany. He is buried at All Saints churchyard, Honington, Suffolk.

Panel 257:

VÁCLAVEK Arnošt Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. – † 16/11/41, aged 24, Wellington KX-E Z8966 damaged by flak during a bombing raid on Keil, Germany. On return flight crashed in Irish Sea, 20 km South West off St Bees Head, Cumberland. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 53 on the Runnymede Memorial.

VALACH Karel Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 23/06/41, aged 23, his Wellington KX-T T2990 returning from a bombing raid on Bremen shot down by night fighter over the North Sea 20 km West of Petten, Holland. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 37 on the Runnymede Memorial.

VALENTA Arnošt F/Lt,

Wireless Operator, 311 Sqn – † 31/03/44, aged 31, Captured when the navigator of his Wellington, L7842, became disorientated and landed in error on a Luftwaffe airfield, near Bolougne, France. All the crew were captured and became prisoners of war. He was one of the 76 Allied airmen who participated in the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III PoW camp in Poland. Shortly after he was captured and was one of the 50 Allied airmen who were executed by the Gestapo in reprisal for that escape. His ashes are interred at the Old Garrison Cemetery, Poznan, Poland.

VALEŠ Václav Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. – † 20/07/41, aged 26, his Wellington KX-F R1371 shot down by night fighter over the North Sea following a bombing raid on Hanover, Germany. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 54 on the Runnymede Memorial.

VALOŠEK Oskar Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn. – † 01/10/40, aged 24, his Wellington R9649 crashed at Elton, Peterborough during a training flight. He is buried at Eastfield cemetery, Peterborough.

VARJAN Pavel Sgt,

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 14/04/42, aged 30, his Wellington Z1098 was damaged by flak over the target on a bombing raid on Dortmund, on the return flight was shot down by a Luftwaffe Me110 over Holland and crashed near Boshoven, northwest of Weert. He is buried at Woensel General Cemetery, near Eindhoven, Holland.

VEJRAŽKA Miloslav P/O,

Wireless Operator, 311 Sqn – † 17/10/40, aged 29, his Wellington N2773, KX-X, became iced up whilst returning from a bombing mission to Bremen, Germany. Having managed to reach the UK coast, the Captain, Flt/Lt Josef Šnajdr, ordered the crew to bail-out. He landed safely near East Farm, West Willoughby, Grantham, Lincolnshire, but was accidentally shot dead by a member of the Home Guard. He is buried at All Saints churchyard, Honington, Suffolk.

VESELÝ Jan S/Ldr,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 16/10/40, aged 34, his Wellington N2771, hit barrage balloon at 21:45 and crashed near Bentley Priory, Middx with no survivors. Grave at Harrow [Pinner] New cemetery, London.

Panel 262:

WEISS Karel W/O,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 21/01/42, aged 32, his Wellington KX-D DV515 lost without trace in the North Sea on following a bombing raid to Bremen, Germany. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 73 on the Runnymede Memorial.

Panel 270:

ZAPLETAL František Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 16/10/40, aged 30, his Wellington N2771, hit barrage balloon at 21:45 and crashed near Bentley Priory, Middx with no survivors. Grave at Harrow [Pinner] New cemetery, London.

ZEINERT Stanislav P/O,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 26/05/41, aged 25, his Wellington N3010 crashed at the start of a training flight at Langham, Norfolk. His grave is at St. Ethelbert churchyard, East Wretham, Norfolk.

ZIMMER Antonín P/O,

Wireless Operator, 311 Sqn – † 15/09/41, aged 27, his Wellington R1015 shot down by flak over Holland whilst on a bombing raid to Hamburg, aircraft crashed near Andervenne, Germany. Grave at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.

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Visiting Information: Here

Location Information:
Informace pro návštěvníky:

The IBCC is located 2.6 miles to the south of the centre of Lincoln and is close to the villages of Canwick and Bracebridge Heath. Access to the site is from Canwick Avenue B1131. It is recommended from Bracebridge Heath (A15) and turning left into the site.

IBCC se nachází 2,6 míle na jih od centra Lincolnu, nedaleko vesnic Canwick a Bracebridge Heath. Vstup do areálu je z Canwick Avenue na silnici B1131. Doporučujeme vám cestu přes Bracebridge Heath (A15), do areálu odbočíte vlevo.

Address:
Adresa:
International Bomber Command Centre, Cannock Hill, Cannock, Lincoln, LN4 2HQ.
GPS Location:
GPS Lokace:
53°12’49.8″N, 0°31’45.0″W
Map Location:
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The assistance of Rachel and Peter Sponar-Harrison with this article is very much appreciated.

Velmi si ceníme spolupráce Rachel a Petera Sponar-Harrison při vzniku tohoto článku.




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